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New CSF econ video series released

Want to know why environmental problems happen? How to value things in the natural environment? The essentials of fisheries and forestry economics? Step-by-step instructions on cost-benefit analysis? As part of the Conservation Economics Initiative, we just released an exciting new collection of video lessons intended for anyone interested in learning basic environmental economic concepts, refreshing what was learned in our courses, or to complement lectures.

Tenosique: Environmental economic analysis of a hydroelectric project on the Usumacinta River

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Convocatoria: Investigación sobre aspectos clave para la conservación en la Amazonía Andina

Fecha límite: 06 Junio 2014

La Unidad de Apoyo de ICAA seleccionará entre cuatro y seis propuestas de investigación aplicada con el objetivo de incrementar el conocimiento y comprensión de aspectos clave sobre biodiversidad, aspectos socio-económicos de conservación, e inversiones en infraestructura en la Amazonía Andina.

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Moving towards Greener Infrastructure: Innovative Legal Solutions to Common Challenges

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Webinar with Duke University draws diverse crowd

As part of our expanding Conservation Economics Initiative, CSF held our first webinar last month in collaboration with the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) at Duke University. Brian Murray, Director for Economic Analysis from the Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discussed carbon sequestration benefits in terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Training Partner Network launched in Mexico and Bhutan

CSF is launching its Training Partner Network as part of our Conservation Economics Initiative to bring economics training to more conservation professionals around the world.  This effort is made possible thanks to a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

One of the cornerstones of the Initiative is a network of CSF Training Partner organizations offering conservation economics training in parts of the world where we do not have our own training teams.  The Network will be supported by CSF and by our academic partners throughout the globe.

CSF awarded $100,000 from Handsel Foundation for work in Africa

CSF was recently awarded $100,000 to expand our trainings, analyses, collaborative field work in Africa, thanks to the generosity of the Handsel Foundation.

Leopards, Tigers and Bears - A Work in Progress

There’s one park in the Kingdom of Bhutan where the ranges of the Royal Bengal Tiger, the snow leopard and Himalayan black bear overlap and where communities have lived in harmony with nature for hundreds of years. A trekker’s paradise, Jigme Dorji National Park is also known for it’s astounding biodiversity, breathtaking alpine meadows and majestic snow-capped mountains. But, until recently, it was missing one thing: proper campsites.

Forestry Officer Lhendup Tharchen, a 2010 graduate of a CSF course offered in collaboration with the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment, wanted to know whether campsites inside the park could provide revenue to locals, as well as defray management costs. So he broke out his spreadsheets and ran the numbers.

Game Theory Goes Native

Game theory emerged in the 1940’s as a math-driven, esoteric science of how people alternately cooperate and compete to get what they want. It’s been used in business, diplomacy and military strategies and won famed Princeton economist John Nash the Nobel Prize in 1994. Now, far from the halls of academia and the corridors of power, it’s also being used to conserve nature.

Numbers for Nature in Peru

Fernando León is a business school graduate most commonly seen in suit and tie. He’s also one of Peru’s most successful conservationists. His country has tropical forests covering an area the size of California, a coastline rich in marine life, and protected cultural marvels like Machu Picchu. A veteran of years working in the government, he was frustrated by the meager funding allocated to protecting the country’s natural heritage.

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